BSc Mental Health Nursing
Update to Selection process in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
The health and wellbeing of our prospective students, current students and staff remains our top priority. As a result of the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our upcoming on-campus Selection Days for 2020 entry will be replaced with telephone interviews. The telephone interview is used to assess your suitability for the course and to ensure that as well as meeting the necessary academic and skills requirements, your values also match those of the NHS. Shortlisted applicants will receive more details from our School of Health Sciences Admission Team.
If your application meets our entry criteria for the course you will be invited to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London.
The Selection Day is used to assess your suitability for the course and to ensure that as well as meeting the necessary academic and skills requirements, your values also match those of the NHS.
During the Selection Day you will also be given an opportunity to look around the University including our specialist clinical skills labs, meet our staff and students, and find out more about the course and the hospitals which provide clinical placements for our students.
The Selection Day itself will consist of the following activities:
Introduction to Mental Health Nursing at City – Presentation
Mental Health nursing provides great career opportunities, which is probably one reason why you have applied for the course. In order to help you decide on whether this is the right career choice and institution for you, we will provide you with an overview of the course at City including our facilities and placements. There will also be opportunities to ask our staff and students any questions after the presentation.
Group discussions are timed exercises where a group of participants work together to respond to a work-related question. Assessors observe individual communication skills and group interaction throughout the exercise and are looking to see evidence that you are able to work effectively as part of a team. How successful you are at this will depend on how effectively you are able to put across your point of view, listen to others views, challenge where appropriate and demonstrate that you have understood the information you were presented with.
This will be a hand written exercise where you’ll be presented with some scenarios and asked to explain how you would respond to these situations.
A School of Health Sciences campus tour will take you to see both City's facilities such as the Student Centre and Library and the School's specialist facilities including the Clinical Skills Centre. The Clinical Skills Centre provides students with state-of-the-art laboratories so you can rehearse practical caring skills prior to practice placements. This also provides an opportunity to talk to current students about their experiences.
Qualifications and Residency Checks
During the Selection Day you will be required to confirm your current academic qualifications and your eligibility to study in the UK. The Qualifications and Residency Check list details the documents you will need to bring on the selection day.
Please note, if you have taken an Access qualification and your results are pending we require evidence of academic performance to date on your course, this can be an interim transcript or letter from the college, it must also include information on all units completed and marks/grades achieved.
Top tips for the Selection Day
It's worth noting that a lot of the communication we do is non-verbal. For example this could be the way we stand or sit, move our limbs, nod our head, provide eye-contact. On the Selection Day, non-verbal displays are most likely to be picked up on in group exercises. It is also important to think about the signals given by others; these are also cues to pick up on.
Also remember to:
- Listen carefully to all instructions
- Double-check if you are uncertain about what you are required to do - don't be afraid to ask questions
- Be alert and aware throughout the Selection Day - concentrate, stay calm but focused
- Do not make assumptions about the way to respond - if you try to guess what the "answers" might be, or what the assessor is looking for, you may be wrong - it is always best to be honest and be yourself!
- Work quickly but accurately through the care scenarios - don't spend too long on any one question
- Come prepared; read all the information you have been sent carefully before your Selection Day.
- You can prepare for your interview by reading around the subject area, and gaining insight and experience by volunteering in a care environment, for example within a care home or hospital.